This section starts at Forest Service Road 3085 and runs parallel to the road that accesses S-Tree Campground. From there, the route continues through a particularly beautiful section, following Forest Service Road 437 along Raccoon Creek and Horse Lick Creek.
The first few miles of trail are very technical in nature. The combination of sandy soil, erosion that has created large ruts in the trail, an abundance of loose rocks, and drops, and steep climbs all contribute to sections of trail that can prove challenging for even the most-skilled rider.
Once you reach the top of the ridge, the trail becomes much more manageable. However, given that this is a backcountry trail, the loose rocks and trail quality change sections that might could potentially be viewed as beginner to at least an intermediate level. Drainage is also an issue through several sections of the trail where there are pools of standing water, but it is possible to navigate around them.
There are several creek crossings. During periods of heavy rain, these crossings may flood and become dangerous to cross.
This section ends where Forest Service Road 455 fords Horse Lick Creek at Wolf Pen Branch.
Shared By: Leslie Kehmeier
by Nathan Rome